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Director of Program Management for UCP Wheels for Humanity (North Hollywood, CA)

About UCP Wheels for Humanity

Founded in 1996, UCP Wheels for Humanity (UCP Wheels) increases access to mobility and improves quality of life for children and adults with physical disabilities in developing countries. UCP Wheels’ goal is to make strategic investments in communities that leverage existing capacities and empower local stakeholders. Based on the needs of each region in which we work, we offer one or more of our direct-service or capacity-building programs. These include the provision of appropriately fitted wheelchairs and empowerment programs, as well as advocacy and training initiatives that create sustainable, community-based systems to support long-term change.

UCP Wheels works internationally through direct programming as well as partnerships with local organizations designed to increase access to mobility, improve the lives of people with mobility impairments and advocate for or provide people with disabilities with the tools to live in dignified ways.

This work is centered around the following objectives:

  • Improve standards of wheelchair provision internationally
  • Promote comprehensive and effective approaches
  • Raise awareness of disability needs worldwide
  • Grow capacities of local service providers
  • Raise awareness of local governments and stakeholders
  • Ensure the most marginalized population is served
  • Provide health education to clients and families

For more information, please visit www.ucpwheels.org.

Position Summary

The Director of Program Management will oversee the full portfolio of programs that UCP Wheels currently operates in Indonesia, El Salvador and Nicaragua, with future projects anticipated in Ukraine, Colombia, Mexico, Vietnam and Thailand. Programs are focused on four areas — mobility, therapy, empowerment and advocacy — and include both multi-year, multi-country USAID-funded projects as well as smaller, more grassroots initiatives with potential to grow. The Director of Program Management will lead the program department in meeting project and program objectives, and will be responsible for management of program-implementing staff at headquarters and in field offices. UCP Wheels has undergone rapid expansion and change over the last 3 years, and this position offers the opportunity to lead a department, and an organization, in developing and refining its program management procedures to solidify its successes and help to chart its future growth. The Director of Program Management will report directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with the Director of Program Development.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee all program activities including the management of international program staff, headquarter program support staff and technical staff
  • Continually monitor and evaluate program implementation to determine necessary adaptations to meet program goals
  • and objectives
  • Prepare timely donor and internal reports, including reports to the board of directors
  • Review departmental policies and procedures, identifying gaps and setting benchmarks to ensure effective program implementation, communication, monitoring and reporting
  • Travel regularly to program sites to ensure project objectives are being met and headquarters is closely connected to field operations
  • Develop and maintain relationships with donors, NGOs, local and international partners and publicly represent UCP Wheels and its values
  • Represent UCP Wheels for Humanity in several international forums, conferences and committees related to UCP Wheels’
  • core mission
  • Contribute to Program Department budget development; manage project P&L, including forecasting
  • Engage in ongoing development of program department best practices in order to ensure consistently excellent service delivery
  • Cultivate existing and new stakeholder relationships in order to generate new projects in collaboration with the Director of Program Development

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as international relations, development, or public policy required,
  • master’s preferred;
  • Minimum five years of project management experience involving field staff and direct programming — not desk management
  • Familiarity with USAID and other government-funded projects, including experience with reporting and budget management
  • Demonstrated management experience, preferably involving management of both program staff and technical experts
  • Self-motivated and self-directed, with ability to work independently and initiate new activities
  • Team player attitude and demonstrated leadership skills
  • High degree of flexibility to work in embrace change
  • Dynamic problem-solver with strong attention to detail
  • Flexible and able to prioritize and multi-task
  • Strong communication skills both verbally and written
  • Commitment to the mission of UCP Wheels and a desire to positively impact both beneficiaries and theorganizations trajectory
  • Experience living and working in a developing country preferred
  • Approximately 30% international travel is required
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred

Compensation/Benefits

$65,000-$75,000 annually depending on experience + health, dental, and retirement benefits

To Apply

Please apply by emailing a resume and cover letter addressed to Michael Allen, Executive Director to careers@ucpwfh.org, Subject Line: Director of Program Management

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